Before and After Easter: Activities and Ideas - Lent to Pentecost
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Release Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Format: Paperback, 64 pages 6.75 x 9.5 inches
Publisher: Augsburg Books
Season/Occasion: Easter; Lent; Pentecost
Item No: ED007957
Debbie Trafton O'Neal tells the fascinating history and traditions
Lent, then takes families on a day-by-day journey through the
Included are interesting crafts, activities, recipes and worship
ideas for Lent, weeks of Easter, and the day of Pentecost.
''And God said, 'This is a sign of the covenant I am making between
me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all
generations to come.'''
The legend of the dogwood
Many years ago, there was a dogwood tree growing on the hill
outside of the city of Jerusalem. At that time the dogwood tree was
one of the tallest and mightiest of the trees; as strong as an oak tree.
And this particular tree was the tallest of all the dogwoods and very
proud of it too.
To everyone who passed by, this dogwood would brag. ''I know that
something wonderful will happen to me. Perhaps I'll become the mast
that holds the sails on a great sailing ship, or the beam that supports a
house or temple.''
As time passed and the tree continued to grow, it could only wonder
as to what it would become. One day it happened. The proud dogwood
tree was cut down. But the tree did not become a mast or even a
beam. Instead it became the cross on which Jesus was nailed for the
crucifixion. The tree was horrified and it groaned in agony as the two
pieces of its trunk were nailed into the shape of a cross.
Now as Jesus carried the cross to Calvary, he took pity on the tree,
''You will never be used in this way again,'' he said. ''From this day,
your shape will be changed, just as the world will change after my
death. You will become a slender tree of great beauty that sways
gently in the breeze. And instead of acorns, you will bear white flowers
in the shape of the cross. In the center of the flowers there will be a
crown of thorns, a reminder forever that I spent my last hours with
you. And each petal will carry red stains to show how you suffered
Have you seen the flowers of the dogwood tree? They appear just as
the legend says.
Signs of spring
After long months of winter, we look eagerly for signs of spring. In
the midst of Lent, it is good to realize that spring, with its promise of
new life, will soon be here. Try bringing a bit of spring indoors to
brighten your winter here!
If you have a pussy willow or forsythia bush in your yard, cut some
branches. Bringing them into the warmth of your house can force them
Cut the branches on a slant and set them in a container of warm
water. Set the container in a cool place, like a basement, until the
branches begin to leaf out. Soon, the water and the warmth will cause
them to bloomâ?"a sure sign of the spring to come!
Read how "Arts and Books: Alternative ideas for '02
" recommends this book.
— Linda-Marie Delloff, The Lutheran
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